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Song aims to draw attention to detained Marine

Dec. 5, 2012 - 08:07AM   |   Last Updated: Dec. 5, 2012 - 08:07AM  |  
This undated photo released by the Michigan family of Amir Hekmati via FreeAmir.org shows the former Marine, who is being held in a prison in Iran on accusations of spying for the CIA.
This undated photo released by the Michigan family of Amir Hekmati via FreeAmir.org shows the former Marine, who is being held in a prison in Iran on accusations of spying for the CIA. (Hekmati family / FreeAmir.org via AP)
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FLINT, Mich. — A song being recorded in Michigan aims to help draw attention to the case of a former Marine imprisoned in Iran on espionage charges.

Amir Hekmati was arrested while visiting his grandmothers in Iran in August 2011.

The Flint Journal reports that a Friday recording session is planned at Mott Community College in Flint for the song "I Will Fly." Bill Packer, the school's choral director and a music professor, said he tried to put himself in Hekmati's shoes with the song.

Amir Hekmati was raised in Michigan. His parents live in the Flint area. The U.S. government has repeatedly denied that Hekmati is a spy.

The song will be presented to Hekmati's family and made available for purchase or donation at a website about Hekmati.

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